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Life of Martha Entwistle: Australia’s first convict mental health nurse

Raeburn, T, Liston, CA, Hickmott, J and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2018 , 'Life of Martha Entwistle: Australia’s first convict mental health nurse' , International journal of mental health nursing, vol. 27, no. 1 , pp. 455-463 , doi: 10.1111/inm.12356.

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Abstract

The present position paper provides an account of the life of Martha Entwistle, the earliest recorded convict nurse who worked within the Castle Hill Asylum. In our review of primary historical sources, Australia's first convict mental health nurse was found to be a resilient woman who endured several traumatic life experiences. Her nursing within Australia's first mental health asylum was highly valued by the superintendent of the service. She nursed in a harsh colonial environment, short of adequate resources, during an era of fast-paced industrial and technological a change. Martha Entwistle's experiences provide a historical account of the role of the early convict mental health nurse. Her life story enables modern-day nurses to reflect on the advances made in mental health nursing and contexts of care for nurses today.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Raeburn, T and Liston, CA and Hickmott, J and Cleary, M
Keywords: asylum, convict, history, mental health, nurse
Journal or Publication Title: International journal of mental health nursing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1445-8330
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/inm.12356
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© 2017 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

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